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About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.

Farewell, Stan Lee, American Superhero

My superhero died this week. Sure, he wasn’t just my superhero. I share Stan Lee with a whole lot of other people, but somehow, it always he felt like my own personal superhero, starting way back in the mid-60s with … Continue reading

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Seriously Older Than Dirt

Once upon a time, I was young — back in the days when gasoline sold  for 18 cents a gallon, and we only had  3 TV channels (PBS didn’t really count) that you could barely pick up on your rabbit-ear … Continue reading

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“My American Prayer” — Songs of Will T. Massey

Will released the album Wayward Lady, containing his only openly political work, in 2008. This song seems appropriate for Election Day. Lord, I’m praying about my country’s ways As a struggling artist in the U.S.A. I can’t trust the government, … Continue reading

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Granddad Writes Again of the Cotton Market, 1917

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey left behind memoir manuscripts, and as he himself acknowledged, he wrote as stories came to mind. This meant he might repeat some stories, sometimes with greater elaboration. I find these different renderings of the same events … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en Tunes

Happy Hallowe’en! Last weekend, I gave you a playlist of Hallowe’en movies — here’s a good start on an audio playlist for some enjoyment on this frightful day. Monster Mash Back in my early days of Trick or Treat, this … Continue reading

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“Goodbye” — Songs of Will T. Massey

Will once explained he wrote this song after looking up some of his symptoms on the internet when he’d felt a little sick and becoming convinced he was dying of lung cancer. He wasn’t. He had a bad cold and … Continue reading

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Scary Movies for Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en falls mid-week this year, meaning many people will start celebrating this weekend and party straight through. I offer a few viewing suggestions this Hallowe’en for your enjoyment. There are, of course, the classic monster movies: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, … Continue reading

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